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Water Intoxication and Ecstasy

In article <4b6e6n$ng7@bright.ecs.soton.ac.uk>,
Allan Timms <art92@ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote:
>The arguments for legalisation of drugs always boils down to this :
>where do you stop?

Or to put it another way: where do you start?

My current belief is that most if not all of the currently illegal
recreational drugs should be legally available under some circumstances.
This is based partly on the philosophical belief that "over himself,
over his own mind and body, the individual is sovereign" (John
Stuart Mill, "On Liberty"); partly because I conclude from the
evidence I see that even for the "hardest" of drugs, more harm than
good is caused by their illegal status.

Of course, this is a controversial position---other people interpret
the same evidence very differently---and I do not expect all drugs
to be legalized overnight.

A pragmatic approach would be to start by legalizing cannabis; the
status of other drugs can be considered later in the light of the
experience gained.

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin   | "Repeat after me: naming and addressing are
Unipalm PIPEX | completely independent." -- Barry Margolin

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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.music.rave,uk.politics,alt.drugs,alt.rave
Subject: Re: Water Intoxication and Ecstasy
Date: 19 Dec 1995 17:59:52 GMT
Organization: Unipalm PIPEX
Message-ID: <4b6uio$l5e@wave.news.pipex.net>
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